[UPDATE - November 4] With the restoration of Brooklyn-to-Manhattan train service via the 2/3/4/D/F/J lines, the MTA has published a new hurricane recovery map – click here. The original post is below for reference.
Via Matt Chaban at the New York Observer, here’s a map the MTA just put out illustrating the limited subway service which will take effect tomorrow morning.
[UPDATED] 11/2/12 As per multiple news sources, the 2012 ING NYC Marathon has been cancelled. The announcement by Mayor Bloomberg came in the midst of increasing public outcry and after a number of elected officials issued statements strongly criticizing the event for potentially taking away resources from citywide relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
It seems ING New York City Marathon officials and city pols may have decided as early as Monday that the annual race would be set to go on as planned.
Still stuck at home and bored? Or maybe you’ve made it in to work and decided to take your mind off commuter hell for a few moments?
Here are a couple examples of footage taken on Monday while superstorm Sandy was still raging over our area.
One video shows the 69th Street pier during what looks like the height of the so-called frankenstorm.
In another, World News Australia conducts a phone interview with stranded-at-home high school math teacher Ellie Terry – who works at Telecommunications High School [350 67th Street], while scenes captured during Sandy’s wrath play on screen.
Terry’s plans while schools are still being used as evacuation centers? Using a special Facebook plug-in, she’s opted to take a couple of days to phone undecided voters in Pennsylvania for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
Mayor Bloomberg held another press conference from the Office of Emergency Management [OEM] in Downtown Brooklyn just after 11 a.m. The mayor said that while damage is severe and ten New Yorkers lost their lives as a result of Superstorm Sandy, no first responders had died. The mayor praised the heroic work of rescue personnel during the storm.
Bloomberg vowed to keep shelters open, tweeting that the emergency lodgings would remain open until New Yorkers “can safely return to their homes.” He added that drinking water has been tested and, although safe, it has been treated with additional chlorine as a precautionary measure.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer also gave an update on federal efforts to aid in the city’s storm recovery, telling the press that President Obama would give local officials all the help they need. Schumer stated that, as is usually the case, federal reimbursement for storm damage would be at least 75%.
Bloomberg said that he would give updates as the day progressed, and continued to remind the city that parks are closed and public transit is still not running. He urged residents to use caution and not venture out unless necessary and only to help others.
The Daily News just reported that as of 11:44 a.m. a large tree is down on 75th Street between 4th Ave and 5th Ave.
Wind hazards like downed trees and power lines are why, although most of Bay Ridge is not in an evacuation zone, our readers should remain indoors as Sandy approaches the east coast.
[UPDATE] 12:38 p.m. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis just tweeted that another tree is down at 78th Street and Colonial Road.
[UPDATE] 7:10 p.m. State Senator Marty Golden tweeted about an hour ago that a fallen tree is blocking 91st Street between Colonial Road and Ridge Blvd.